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Friday, November 28, 2014

Standing up on Black Friday...

"This Black Friday could be Walmart's biggest yet. As the annual shopping extravaganza commences, Walmart will be hit with what is likely to be the largest nation-wide strike in the company's history, as workers demand the right to organize, full employment, and a living wage of $15 an and hour—and remind shoppers that many of the company's associates can't afford enough to eat this holiday season. Pickets, strikes, and protests are slated to sweep 1,600 stores across the United States on Friday, with tens of thousands of Walmart workers and supporters pledging to take part. Some major metropolitan areas, from Chicago to Los Angeles, are expected to draw large crowds of protesters. Walk-outs and workplace actions already began earlier this week in numerous cities, including a sit-down protest at a Washington-DC store on Wednesday.

"Many of us are living in deep poverty and going hungry because the Waltons won’t pay us a fair wage," said Sandra Sok, a Phoenix-based Walmart worker who walked off the job on Wednesday. "When my coworkers speak out about these issues, the company tries to silence us. For all of my brothers and sisters who have experienced illegal threats, I am on strike." "If we don't stand up, no one else is going to stand up for us," declared Charles Brown, a member of OUR Walmart who unloads trucks at a Virginia store.''

Walmart's average hourly worker wage: $8.86
CEO’s hourly compensation: $6,898 (779 times the average worker wage)